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Derek J Deslauriers

owner of
Welcome to Near Mint Gaming! I'm Derek J Deslauriers, the proud founder and passionate gamer behind this unique venture. My journey in the gaming world began much like many of yours – with an intense love for the experience, the camaraderie, and the endless worlds to explore. Yet, as time went on, I noticed gaps in our community; spaces where gamers, especially those juggling families and jobs, felt left out. And thus, Near Mint Gaming was born.
My vision for Near Mint Gaming has always been crystal clear: to build a community that truly reflects the spirit of "for the players, by the players". This isn't just a tagline; it's a promise. It's a commitment to ensure that every gamer, whether a novice or a veteran, finds a home here.
In a world where expenses quickly add up, I pledged to keep costs as low as possible. Gaming should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget. It's about the joy of the game, not the depth of one's pockets.
I also recognized the realities of modern life. Many of us have families, jobs, and myriad responsibilities. That's why Near Mint Gaming stays open seven days a week and operates during later hours. We want to be there for you, whether you're sneaking in a quick game after tucking the kids into bed or looking for a late-night escape after a day's hard work.
I invite you to join our thriving community, share your stories, and dive deep into the universes we all cherish. Here at Near Mint Gaming, you're not just a player; you're family.
Thank you for being a part of our journey. Let's game on!

Rob de Haan

Rob de Haan

shop manager of
I've played Magic for almost 25 years. I'm passionate about the game and it's community. Recently, I've taken up the organisation of the Dutch Open Series together with my best friend. Being involved “behind the screens” of this game has made me realise that I want to do more with this and the community. At this point the opportunity presented itself to become the store manager of Near Mint Gaming, a chance I decided to grab with both hands! I’m dedicating myself to making NMG a safe and fun environment for everyone who shares our passion for TCG’s. I’m thankful for the chance to work with my friends in a field I’m passionate about.

Laura Verbeten

social media aficionado of
Hello, dear friends and fellow enthusiasts!
I'm Laura, your friendly neighborhood social media aficionado here at the store! While I may be a relative newcomer to the world of card games, I'm steadily immersing myself in the realms of One Piece TCG and Magic.
When I'm not caught up in card game excitement, you'll find me in the world of cosplay and gaming. Dressing up as a favorite character and creating the costumes is where the real magic happens for me. And looking ahead, I've got some cool ideas to bring even more cosplay vibes to our store. Picture cosplay meetups, workshops, and maybe even themed events where you can showcase your incredible creations. We're talking about a world where card games and cosplay collide, where creativity knows no limits.
I can’t wait to meet you all and have an amazing time together!