My Dad gave me this baseball card for Christmas last year.
His health wasn't that great a year ago, but he still managed to somehow purchase this card for me. Slowly but surely, over the past three or four years, Dad had scoured eBay or local baseball card shows for the 1951 Bowman Phillies cards I needed to complete my team set. And as I write this, I'm just three cards short of the 25-card Phillies team set.
This will be our first Christmas without Dad, and I'm bracing for the emotional wallop that will carry. He loved this time of year - "Boy I love this time of year," I can hear him say - and I'm going to do my best to make sure my boys experience the warmth and joy of the season that my Dad always conveyed to me.