I've always liked the 1983 Topps design. It's basically an updated version of the classic 1963 design. The difference is most 1963 cards had an action or posed action shot in the circle. The main picture was usually a face or a head and shoulders shot. In 1983 that was reversed.
On my 1983 Mickey Mantle I used the 1963 main photo for the head shot and found color picture similar to the black and white photo in the 1963 circle for the main photo.