Russell Porter of Willoughby, OH deceived a dealer out of over $87,000 worth of vintage sports cards at the 2022 National in Atlantic City and is now facing up to 20 years in prison.
Here’s how it went down:
Rick Giddings, who sits on the board of directors for The National and owns Gizmo’s Sportscards, was setup at the National (booth #1413). Giddings was approached by Porter, who had already built rapport with Gizmo’s, with a bag he claimed contained $100,000 in cash packaged in two 400ct boxes.
Porter gave the bag to Giddings then proceeded to cherry pick 29 vintage cards from Giggings showcase that together totaled over $87,000 in value. The lot included cards of: Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, and Sandy Koufax.
Porter gave the 29 cards to Giddings and Giddings thought a deal could be worked out but the transaction hadn’t yet completed before Porter asked if he could take the cards to his son who was setup just three booths away.
While Porter returned to Giddings booth for more card talk, Porter’s son never returned with the cards so Porter went looking for him. While waiting for Porter to return, Giddings went through the bag and discovered the two 400ct boxes contained only $500/ea. in $1 bills.
Porter never returned but he did send a text to Giddings later that day saying he would contact him the following morning but he never showed up.
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Giddings then proceeded to contact the Atlantic City Police Department, which investigated the incident and referred the case to the Atlantic County Prosecutor.
The police report indicated that officers contacted Porter on August 1st to request he return to Atlantic City for questioning but he declined. As a result, he is now required to return to Atlantic City to face formal charges. According to the Atlantic City Prosecutors office, Porter has been charged with second-degree theft by unlawful taking and second-degree theft by deception. These charges come with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Additionally, while Giddings is pleased charges have been filed against Porter, he hasn’t yet recovered his cards and is considering filing a civil suit against him.
If you have any information about the suspect or the case, contact:
Thomas McCabe at the Atlantic City Police Department, (609) 347-5779