Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Grand Junction’s Karl Stephens shows off a Broncos helmet from the 1977 Super Bowl signed by several players on the team. The helmet, one of several Stephens owns, is just one of many pieces of Broncos memorabilia the 57-year-old head chef at Community Hospital has in his collection, which began in 1965.

The collector

GJ’s Stephens devotes entire room in his house to his Broncos memorabilia

If there’s a piece of Denver Broncos memorabilia out there, rare or common, Karl Stephens probably has it.
The 57-year-old Grand Junction resident has been collecting items from his favorite NFL football team since he was growing up in Palisade in 1965, when his collection started when a friend of the family gave him a ceramic Broncos logo from the early 1960s.
That sparked an interest in the team that has never wavered and has helped build his large collection of Broncos gear as his team prepares to play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco on Sunday.

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