Manny Franco hopes to ride the Denver Broncos bandwagon as far as it goes into the NFL playoffs.
For one thing, the Broncos have fielded a talented team this season, Franco said. “They’re going to do pretty good. I’m pulling for them to go all the way.”
For another thing, Franco makes it his business to sell jerseys, hats and a wide assortment of other sports memorabilia to avid fans. And Broncos gear is especially popular right now.
Of course, Franco caters to fans of other teams and sports — even the Oakland Raiders.
Manny and his wife, Yvonne, operate On & Poppin Sports in Grand Junction. They opened the store in November after moving from Carlsbad, N.M. Manny Franco operated the store there for about six months and sold jerseys and sports-related gift baskets before that.
The Grand Junction store carries a variety of merchandise for fans of an assortment of professional and college sports and teams.
In addition to jerseys and hats, the inventory includes everything from blankets, cups and flags to coolers, license plate holders and watches.
“We sell a little bit of everything,” Franco said.
What isn’t hanging from rods, stacked on shelves or displayed in cases can be ordered and quickly shipped. Franco said he can order jerseys for virtually any player on any team in men’s, women’s and youth sizes.
Broncos jerseys have been among the best-selling gear, he said, in particular jerseys for quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Von Miller.
But Franco said he’s also sold memorabilia from other NFL teams, including five special orders for Seattle Seahawks gear.
Of course, the NBA season also is under way. And the start of the Major League Baseball season isn’t too far off, either.
In the meantime, though, Franco hopes to take advantage of the building excitement over the NFL playoffs and Broncos. “They’re a good team.
There’s no doubt about that.”