Sports Collector Denied Lawsuit Alleging Over $808,000 in Stolen Memorabilia
A collector in St. Catharine's, Ontario who claimed police stole over $808,000 in valuable sports cards and memorabilia, was awarded just $1,200 of the $2.8 million sought in his lawsuit. Trevor Glode told the civil court judge that police seized all the items while executing a search warrant and never returned them.
The search warrant was issued as result of a previous arrest where police charged Glode with possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana that were found in the two spare tires of his rented SUV. The charges were later dropped.
Glode contends that his missing collection was built over many years and included signed hockey jerseys, masks and pucks. His card collection included six Wayne Gretzky rookie cards, four Mario Lemieux rookies and eight Patrick Roy rookie cards (two of which were signed). Glode's lawsuit included the value of the missing items plus an additional $2 million in damages.
The judge ruled that since there was no proof of any of these items having ever been purchased or owned by Glode, the only money awarded covered the minor damage to his home during the raid. Glode's explanation was that the officers took all his documentation during the raid, but that was not enough to convince the court.