What does it take to get your product on the shelves at Walmart? One way is by winning a national online contest, and one local family is in the running with their version of playing cards with a patriotic theme. FOX 35's Steve Gehlbach shows you American Standard Playing Cards.
You use them just like your standard deck of cards, like in this version of "Go Fish." But in this game of "Liberty Match" kids are actually learning about the country's founding documents.
"We were trying to come up with a way to teach the kids about the constitution," explains Robert Sanchez. "By doing that, we wanted to make it a fun and simple way to do it."
Sanchez of Edgewater, Fla. is a father and contractor by trade, but he and his brother matt thought they could create a better, less "tyranical" more American, set of cards. Instead of red and black, the colors are red and blue. Instead of suits of clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades…
"We go from faith, declaration, revolution and unity," Sanchez explains.
Jacks, Queens and Kings are replaced by gentleman, ladies and patriots, and on the numbered cards, each of the first ten amendments that make up the bill of rights.
"We're hoping that America can get behind these cards and actually have a set of playing cards that represent her, the founding, and ‘We the people', aAnd you can play all the same games in a regular deck of cards, but right now, they are American cards," Sanchez says.
Right now, production is limited, but soon these cards could be sold through Walmart. Sanchez's wife found the mega-retailer's "Get on the Shelf" contest and entered. They were chosen and are now one of the products competing for a spot to be sold through Walmart's website, get free marketing and production support, and eventually could end up in stores.
"We were just like that's amazing," Sanchez recalls. "This is great! First of all we are honored that they picked us and humbled, obviously. Now we just got to get people to vote for us."
With the American Standard Playing Cards you can play any game you would with traditional cards, and it beats handing kids a pocket Constitution to read.
"But once you put it on playing cards and play the games we come up with they eat it right up," Sanchez says. "They just have fun doing it ... just amazing, and we think it can make a difference."
The contest's first round of voting is going on right now and runs for one more week. The top 10 vote getters will move onto the second round.