Not satisfied with the old-time designed covered by the Topps and Bowman brand names, Topps went really old-school to steal designs for other sets. The Allen & Ginter and 206 brands were around the turn of last century. Naturally, they had paintings, not pictures on them. As such, they can add even more variety to a collection. Both sets have turned out to be very popular with collectors. My main problem with the Allen & Ginter card is that Lowell takes up a very small part of the card. He gets lost in all the white canvas behind him. The 206 version is a nicer composition. The painting fills the card, and captures the feeling of the older set. Well done.
Happy Mike Lowell Day!