Red Squirrel & Bubbles (with Pepsi Kid) - North Highlands, California
Cards by Runnin Bare
I had been saving the Runnin Bare cards for a future project. However, I’d thought I share some of the cards so you can see the progression and some of the great artwork by Jess Anderson (Runnin Bare). There are over 3,400 cards in the collection in numerical order and people the like Perkins’ show up multiple times.
There are 20 cards in the series (These are #11-15)
Art by Runnin Bare (Jess Anderson)
Description from Jess: Allen (Bargen) became a great friend along with being a dealer and great collector. He was kinda of a lone wolf. He liked the art like the Tlingit Indians did. At first he would send me ideas to do and later I just made them up to fit the mode. They were very different and also fun to do, as there were less rules and more color.
One constant in the world of Runnin Bare was the presence of dogs. Jess’ (Runnin Bare) strength was drawing animals and nature. Runnin Bare customers constantly asked Jess to design a card featuring their pup.
(In 1971), I had a hunting partner who had a CB radio, and it really hooked me in. He mentioned that people sometimes made cards that they gave
to those they met or talked to and talked me into doing the artwork for a card
That was “Double Eagle”. I made one for him and one for
me. In order to get them printed, I needed to do at least 8 at a time, so
I started asking around. I finally got enough and printed them.