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Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS)

 

California Card Company

9139-2 E. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

916-685-1052


With 2016 behind us, we would like to welcome 2017 with a bang! To kick it off properly, we would like to introduce our first Featured Official Tournament Store (OTS) of 2017 - a little card shop called California Card Company, located in Stockton, California.

In 1989, after a couple of years of selling sports cards, Brad and Julie Alexander decided to open up a store. What started out as just a sports card collector’s store slowly invigorated itself by capturing the gamer’s imagination with their introduction of trading card games, like Yu-Gi-Oh! As time went on, they integrated more Yu-Gi-Oh!-related events to where, eventually, they became a full-fledged OTS location.

Some of the key things that the California Card Company does best are their customer service and their love for their community. They have a friendly staff that is willing and able to teach the game and answer the player’s questions, but the community atmosphere shines through the player’s families too! “Parents are so happy to have someone answer their child’s questions on game rulings,” explains Julie, adding that “the parents listen when we explain rules to their child. Many will video their child participating in tournaments to show an absentee parent or grandparents.” Julie happily shared that even though most parents don’t play themselves, there are exceptions and that Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has now made it into some of the homes of her community and is often the highlight of Family Game Nights.

 

“Parents are so happy to have someone answer their child’s questions on game rulings.”

- Julie Alexander

 

As we all know by now, doing the bare minimum just isn’t enough to thrive. California Card Company has found the right balance for their community. They prefer to focus on the merits of the game so they do not do large prizing to encourage a focus on the game play itself. They not only host tournaments three times per week, but “they are proud to offer a FREE tournament once a month to players that are beginners and younger players. They have staff that can teach the game and answer questions,” said Julie. The strong sense of community comes from the players’ own comradery and their desire to have everyone playing well. As they see it, it is more fun that way. The players can often be seen giving away their own cards to help someone else complete their Decks. By having different events that cater to everyone, not just the older kids but to the younger children and various skill levels, it has given them the ability to build their Yu-Gi-Oh! community from the ground up. They manage to capture the imagination of the child and slowly mold them into full-fledged Duelists that can play in high level tournaments.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! is king at our store”, exclaimed Julie proudly! With their unwavering commitment to their community, it is clear to see why that sentiment prevails. Please join us in welcoming our newest Featured OTS, California Card Company!

 


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