Most pictures of Monte show him smiling or even goofing around. I like this card's use of focus, with eyes on the ball and hands held high. The same attention served him well off the diamond, with a post-playing career as a scout and league administrator under Bowie Kuhn that stretched into the 1980s. Elected to the HOF primarily for his Negro League performance, it's not surprising that he continues to campaign for players from that era as a member of the Veterans Committee.
New cards continue to feature Mr. Irvin, most artistically the Allen and Ginter sets. The classic color-tinted style of Red Mans is great to look at, though, and it only helps that they came on stock even larger than contemporary Topps designs. If you like the look but not the prices, try for the modern reprint sets, as they used the same size and sacrifice little (if any) of the original appearance.