So what pray tell does this have to with cards? This--I've always thought, in collecting terms, of the phrase "White Whale" as something that you're always hunting for and can never seem to acquire. And I guess in reference to Moby Dick that's true enough. But what if you finally do get what you've been searching for? Wouldn't it be true that by definition it was never a "White Whale" to begin with?
Here's a card that I thought was a "White Whale". Happily it wasn't. It did take me years of sporadic looking and lost bids to finally add this to my collection. While not the priciest card I've ever bought it's the most I've spent on a single item in years.
If you're interested in learning more about this set here's a great article from Sports Collector's Daily.
Here's my only other Milk Dud's card which, graded the same, makes a nice companion. It features Ronnie's road roommate Glenn Beckert: