While the impulse buying frenzy seems to have slowed down for Michael jackson collectibles, there is still a lot of interest in what I'll call the "true" collectibles. Of course, anything cherished to it's owner is a collectible and each items holds it's own unique value to each individual. That's what collecting is really about!
But what I mean is that items such as memorial T-Shirts and and any CD Michael Jackson put out are items that sold like crazy the first month of his death. These items were mostly bought on emotion and impulse and will hold little monetary or sentimental value to collectors in the future. That buying stage has died down a lot. Still, there is a thirsty demand for Michael Jackson memorabilia and here are what I see as the top five according to price paid and how many are being sold.
Grammy Awards Doll
Beat It doll. It's a very nice figure and it's a very hot item! These original dolls from 1984 are selling anywhere from $40 for a doll in poor condition to as much as $200 if new and still in the box! These are great collectibles and I'm surprised there are still so many out there. They will, however, only get more scarce and higher in price. Within a few months I doubt these will be seen too much. Occasionally clothing is offered for these dolls too and it goes for a pretty good price too! Get em while you can!
Thriller Album Sealed
Thriller album has been in great demand. It is going for as much as $250 for a first run original release. I can see why. As I wrote about in another post, these albums, the vinyl lp's, are truly collectible because it was the last big success story on vinyl. After that CD's came along and so it has a really cool story behind. It's the last of an era and it just happened to be the biggest success too! A great collectible if you can afford it. There are still opened ones in great condition and these are nice to have for a MJ collection too. They can be found still for $25-$75 depending on condition. I'm amazed at the demand for the sealed ones and the price they are bringing but the numbers don't lie! They are hot right now!
Memorial Service Program Book
memorial service kit is a great piece of memorabilia to have for a serious MJ display.
Red Beat It Jacket
red leather jackets are selling for $100-$300 depending on condition. The J Parks is very tough to find but it's out there if you've got the cash, a cool $400-$800 depending on condition! All of the vintage leather jackets were good quality so as long as the conditon is good you'll likely be happy with it. The J Parks looks awesome though! (No, i've never held one!) These jackets are a great Michael Jackson piece too. They will enhance any display so much as this is such a signature piece of Jackson attire from Thriller!
Moon Walk Autobiography
Moon Walk books from 1988 are in great demand and will always be for any serious collector. They can be found fairly easily but be prepared to pay well over $100 for a book in good to excellent condition.
That's my top five. There are other hot items but these are amazingly popular, selling regularly and fetching some pretty good prices too. It's still a great time to buy Michael Jackson collectibles and memorabilia. It's hard to imagine these items coming down in price though. The more they sell, the less of them there are. I didn't include autographs in here because I figure that goes without saying. Even before Michael Jackson's death autographs were very popular for a living legend.
I look for the red Beat It Jackets to become extremely rare in about a month. Why? Because of Halloween. There will certainly be a lot of people wanting to dress up as "the King of Pop" and with those red jackets being such a signature piece of clothing they will be in even greater demand. If you are thinking of getting one don't wait too long!