Baseball Card Art Comparison Game

First of all, I want to say: how great is it that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has baseball cards in its permanent collection? There's plenty of visual aspects to baseball cards that one can appreciate, not to mention the history, so why not? For example, a detail view of this baseball card from 1887 has some similar elements of using dots to make the sky and landscape that relate visually to this detail from an 1884 pointillist painting by Georges Seurat, don't you think?

Comparing the pointillism on a baseball card next to a Georges Seurat painting

Below left is the original baseball card, featuring George Meyers, a catcher for the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the National League. The card is from the "Gold Coin Series" made by the D. Buchner & Company of New York (a tobacco company). It's interesting, the Met refers to him as "Al" and does note that the spelling of "Meyers" on the card is incorrect (his name was actually spelled "Myers"). However, the only "Myers" I could find on records of the 1887 Indianapolis roster is George Myers, and you can see how his picture here looks very similar to that of the face on the baseball card.

At any rate, I took the original baseball card (below left) and altered it, making 5 changes which I'm asking you to look for in the image below right ... can you find them?

Once you're ready to check your answers, or - if you give up before finding all 5 - then you can find the answers here.

Baseball card from 1887, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Altered version of a Baseball card from 1887, find the changes we made

If you liked this game, try finding the six things that are wrong in this painting by Andrew Wyeth.

Here's another one: look for 5 things we changed in this Guiseppe Arcimboldo-inspired 16th Century Portrait.

Check out more of our arts games for kids here.

The image of the 1887 baseball card comes courtesy of the Open Access program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.




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