Tournament Player Series
R17 is the model of the bat. Big PaaaPaa
it means diamond ball bat
TPX is one way Louisville Slugger indicates the bat is made for baseball.TPX = baseballTPS = softball
It means what type it is. Like if it is light weight then it would be RC1 but if it is heavy it is RC2.
JR2 is short for "J"ackie "R"obinson 3"2" inch model
TPS is the make of the bat. It is a sports company that produces both softball and baseball bats. This is just like Easton or Louisville Slugger brand bats.
If MEARS confirmed that the bat is authentic, then MEARS Knows about it. Louisville slugger does not keep records on store model bats. If the bat was presented to Babe Ruth at retirement it would be an historic piece of memorabilia, and should be accompanied by provenance. I have no idea what you mean by 100 faded art work. You can contact MEARS trough their message board, See Related Links below.
125W Louisville Slugger baseball BatThe "125" refers to the grade of wood used to make the bat. "125" is the highest grade and is reserved for all pro level bats. The "125" bats are also used for the highest quality store model bats. Sometimes they will put the initials of the player that endorsed the bat after the "125" for example 125BR would be a Babe Ruth bat but I believe that the "125W" is a softball model bat, and I do not know exactly what the "W" stands for.
The "125" refers to the grade of wood used to make the bat. "125" is the highest grade and is reserved for all pro level bats. The "125" bats are also used for the highest quality store model bats.The 125 is not the Model number. Louisville slugger began using model numbers on the knob in 1943 then moving the model number to the barrel in 1977.Flame Tempered is a process of drying and hardening the wood with lower grade baseball bats. If your bat reads "Flame tempered it is a store model bat. "Powerized" is used on higher grade bats, and professional models. "Bone Rubbed"the same process for hardening the wood appears on bats made in the 1920s
Inch Marks - A term used with baseball bats referring to the number stamped into the knob of the bat indicating the length on store model bats. Model number is not an inch mark. Inch Marks will include number like 3, 33, 03 for a 33 inch bat. With a Louisville Slugger bat if the number is followed by letters like 3PR that would indicate a 33 inch Pete Rose bat. Adirondack Professional model bats will typically have the model number on the knob followed by a Letter. for example Hank Aaron used a 63 A, Mickey Mantle used a 288 D. Louisville slugger began using model numbers on the knob in 1943 then moving the model number to the barrel in 1977. For example a K55 Mickey Mantle pro model would have K55 on the knob as opposed to the store model bat with K55 appearing on the barrel.
Louisville Slugger PowerizedPowerized is a term used and stamped onto Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and patented by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in 1931. The Powerized" process is to harden the surface of the bat much like the bone rubbed finish of the 1920's. They introduced the "Powerized and Bone Rubbed" logo for the 1932 season and in 1933 and 1934 you will see it stamped "Powerized and Oil Tempered" which usually is a very light heat foil type print. Beginning in 1935 until present, they go with just "Powerized"