Michael Joseph Jackson first set foot on the American pop-music stage in 1969, when, at the tender age of 11, he was the front man (or child) for the Jackson 5. A solo career followed in 1971, culminating in 1982 with the world’s best-selling record of all time, Thriller. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Throughout his career, Michael Jackson collectibles gave fans a chance to connect with their hero. Buttons and pinbacks promoting albums like Thriller and Bad are some of the most affordable collectibles, with lapel pins being only a modest step up in cost.
For vinyl record hounds, Jackson records of note include the 45s of his first recording with the Jackson 5, a tune called “Big Boy,” with “You’ve Changed” on the B-side. Other 45s of note include his 1972 hit for the movie “Ben” and the 1983 collaboration with former Beatle Paul McCartney titled “Say Say Say.” Also collectible are sealed LPs of Off the Wall and Thriller.
Jackson’s image was perhaps the most prized items for loyal Jackson fans. In 1984, the sports-card company Topps produced Michael Jackson trading cards, as did O-Pee-Chee. In 1986, Disney put Jackson’s image on Captain EO watches, buttons, plush toys, and other items to celebrate the opening at Disneyland of the Francis Ford Coppola directed and George Lucas produced 3-D film of the same name—Captain EO ran at various Disney parks between 1986 until 1998.
Dolls and action figures were another big Jackson collectible category, particularly the Thriller dolls from the mid-1980s.
Signed photographs can be problematic as collectibles because they are so easy to forge, but there are plenty of them out there, including charming 8x10 black-and-whites from the King of Pop’s early days as the lead singer for the Jackson 5.
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Michael Jackson's Estate Sues Over PhotographsDaily Times Nigeria, July 26th
The estate are suing a movie memorabilia store for auctioning off historic photos of the late singer taken during the Jackson brothers' 1984 'Victory' tour. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Michael hired a photographer to shoot the...Read more
MJ estate sues movie memorabilia storeFirstpost, July 25th
According to court documents, Michael had hired a photographer to shoot the concerts and Jackson's company owned all the rights to the pictures. According to the website of the movie memorabilia store the pictures are valued from $200 to over $2,000...Read more
Michael Jackson Estate Suing Over Sale Of Concert Photos411mania.com, July 25th
TMZ reports that Michael Jackson's estate is suing movie memorabilia store Premiere Props for auctioning historic photos from the Jackson brothers' 1984 Victory Tour. They claim that Jackson hired a photographer to shoot the concerts and Jackson's ...Read more
Michael Jackson's Estate Suing Over Photo AuctionPopCrush, July 25th
Michael Jackson's estate is now in the middle of a lawsuit with a movie memorabilia store over a series of 20-year-old photos. According to TMZ, the late singer's estate claims that Premiere Props of El Segundo, Calif. placed photographs from the...Read more
Michael Jackson estate suing over concert photos auctionTheCelebrityCafe.com, July 25th
The estate has seen countless items from Jackson's life hit the auction block. Back in December 2011, items from the home he died in were auctioned off. A year later, Lady Gaga rushed to buy 55 items from a Julien's Auction of Jackson memorabilia...Read more
Michael Jackson's estate has filed a lawsuit over photographs of the late starNZ City, July 25th
Noval Williams Films have filed documents in Manhattan Supreme Court after the late star's representatives tried to block the sale and release of 'Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot' with a cease-and-desist order over the use of footage in the film...Read more
Michael Jackson Estate Sues Memorabilia Store For Auctioning Off 1984 Victory ...Music Times, July 25th
Things with Michael Jackson's estate never appear to be boring. It's recently been reported by TMZ that the late King of Pop's camp is suing a movie memorabilia store for allegedly auctioning off some rather momentous pictures of Jackson during his...Read more
Michael Jackson's estate files lawsuitTVNZ, July 25th
The estate are suing a movie memorabilia store for auctioning off historic photos of the Thriller singer - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - taken during the Jackson brothers' 1984 Victory tour. According to court documents...Read more