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No, California doesn't take your old license when you get a new one. Your old license just gets invalidated and can't be used anymore. I do have my first license, but it was at home when I got ticketed so I couldn't prove it to the officer.
Then appear in court on the court date. Show the judge your original license to prove that you had been driving on a license for more than 12 months, and hopefully the ticket will get dismissed.