A signed Patriots helmet. Framed jerseys. Medals and megaphones and bean pots.
After 44 years serving as one of Boston’s most notable sports bars, The Fours accrued an impressive collection of sports memorabilia before it announced its closing in August.
“It has been our honor to call the City of Champions our home,” management said in a closing statement. “We have the best fans. Period. Thank you for making The Fours part of your traditions over the years.”
The Fours may be gone, but its memory — and its collectibles — certainly won’t be forgotten. Fans of the bar can now bring part of it home with them on December 3 and 4, when more than 1,000 items from its sports collection will be sold at a public online auction.
The catalogue is a doozy, featuring memorabilia from the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox, and from national icons like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Frazier. A Doug Flutie jersey is up for auction alongside Bobby Orr signed skates, a vintage golf club set, and a 1973 Henley Royal Regatta Harvard Women’s VIII’s Oar Winner. There are signed photos, footballs, baseballs, and hockey sticks. Once a raucous sports bar, The Fours is now a veritable treasure trove for sports fans.
Massachusetts auction firm Paul E. Saperstein Co. will conduct the sale on auction platform Bidspotter.com. The public will have a chance to inspect the items — and get one last peek inside The Fours — on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. at 166 Canal St. Bidding will commence at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.
“The closing of The Fours is a sad day for Boston and for Boston sports fans alike,” Michael Saperstein, executive vice president of Paul E. Saperstein Co., said in a press release. “We know The Fours is a special place for Bostonians, and we invite its many long-time patrons to join us remotely for this online public auction. We want to give everyone a chance to own a little piece of this legendary Boston landmark.”
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