“It was a huge relief,” Mr Rickard told ABC Gold Coast.
“Just to get some of them back to show the kids when they’re old enough to understand is fantastic.”
Ms Warby, a former swimmer herself, was looking to make a big windfall on the medals after buying them for just $300 from Lloyds Auctions.
But after learning they were stolen, she instantly reached out to Mr Rickard.
“When I came across the lot, I was expecting to make a profit of $5000,” she told 9News.
“But when I saw they were stolen, there was no way in all good graces could I do that to somebody.
“It’s sad; why would you steal medals to begin with?”
Mr Rickard’s now back in possession of 64 of his beloved medals, but still has about 40 missing.
He says he’s just glad to get some of his medals back.
“I was really lucky and am really thankful for (Christie’s) honesty.”