The RCA CT-100 was rushed to market in April of 1954, a few weeks after Westinghouse introduced its set. The original price was $1,000. The CT-100 used the 15GP22 picture tube.
Consumer Reports reviewed the CT-100 in their June, 1954 issue. They found it better in some ways than the Westinghouse, but said:
"Both sets were troubled with "color fringes" around objects on the screen. Neither set offered even the mediocre degree of sharpness which is found in most modern television sets".
After heavy advertising failed to sell many sets, the price was dropped to $495 by August. Shortly after that, RCA perfected its 21 inch tube, and recalled most of the CT-100s, swapping them for the new 21 inch sets at no cost.
The picture tube in this set was expensive to make, and RCA lost a considerable amount of money on each set sold.
We estimate that about 4400 of these sets were made, and about 160 exist today, but only a handful are in working condition. The color rendition on this set was different from today's sets - it appeared deeper, but less brilliant.