NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:00 AM
Will Smith, 11, used $ 175 from his birthday money to buy a baseball bat signed by Daniel Murphy from Topps.com. But the website later canceled the order.
A young Mets fan cried foul Sunday after a baseball memorabilia site suddenly balked at selling a bat signed by Daniel Murphy after his record-breaking stretch of home runs.
Will Smith, of Long Island City, used $ 175 of his birthday money to buy a bat signed by Daniel Murphy from Topps.com for his 12th birthday.
During the series against the Cubs, the bat was in stock online.
And a customer service rep even promised Will’s parents the Louisville Slugger would arrive in time for the big day on Nov. 3.
But the order was suddenly canceled after the Mets star second baseman broke the record with home runs in six consecutive playoff games.
“I felt tricked, like I was robbed,” Will said Sunday before working on some homework.
His father, Patrick, suspects Topps execs plan to raise the price of the signed bat. “It’s absolutely outrageous,” he said. “It’s highly unethical.”
An apologetic Topps customer service rep offered to give the family a 25% discount on a signed Mike Trout bat, according to the elder Smith.
Daniel Murphy clubbed home runs in six straight playoff games to set an MLB record.
But that collector’s item was being sold for $ 500 and the junior Smith, who grew up rooting for Murphy, is not an Angels fan.
“I don’t think it’s a fair exchange,” he said, noting he couldn’t afford the switch with his limited birthday loot.
Plus, Murphy, the Mets playoff hero, is his favorite player because “he plays the same position and always hustles,” Smith said.
And his intro song before each at bat is fun Irish folk music, William added.
Topps blamed the Major League Baseball Alumni Association for the bat blowback.
“We have been informed by the Major League Baseball Alumni Association that the Daniel Murphy Autographed Bat is no longer available,” an Oct. 23 Topps Shop Team email said. “Your order has been cancelled, and a refund is being processed.”
The MLB group couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The boy’s dad, Patrick Smith, wrote a letter to complain about Topps’ nixing the purchase of the bat.
Murphy, who was traveling with the team to Kansas City, was mum Sunday.
A Mets team official declined to comment.
Despite his hot postseason, the bat is likely only worth about $ 200, according to one expert.
“Murphy is a nice player and he’s having a great postseason, but he’s not a Hall of Famer,” said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions in New Jersey.
Still, Will hoped to hang the bat up on a mantle in his room.
His frustration, though, won’t dim his enthusiasm for the Amazin’s, who play Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
“I’m still a Mets fan, no matter what,” Will said.
With Michael O’Keefe