Michael Jackson trading cards are similar to baseball cards that kids collect (ok, a lot of adults as well), except that the pictures and information on the cards are all about Michael Jackson.
For the most part, these cards were created in the 1980s at the peak of Michael-mania.
Here are some sample pictures of Jackson trading cards:
If you get a card, or a set or pack, make sure it is one of the vintage cards. It is expected that card making companies will create new card sets now that Michael Jackson has died.
While new card sets will undoubtedly be interesting and worth getting, the ‘wow’ factor will be the older cards. The cards that people will say – hey, I remember those from when I was a kid. Wish I had kept them. Can I see them again?
This may be heresy to collectors, but decide if you are getting cards for your enjoyment, or their value and hope to sell them someday for a profit. Assuming this is for your enjoyment, which is what collecting is really all about, don’t worry about opening unopened packs. How can you enjoy your cards if you can’t see them? Or display them in albums or wall frames?
Maybe, if you’re worried about destroying the value of an unopened pack, you should get an opened pack, even though it may have some creases, fingerprints, and prior loving use.