Calling Cards Fit for a Gentleman: Art of Manliness Calling Cards and Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 15, 2010 · 500 comments

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A couple of years ago we wrote an article on the gentleman’s guide to the calling card. It’s one of our most popular posts on the site, and we often get emails from readers inquiring where they can get a set of manly looking calling cards. We toyed with the idea of creating our own set of AoM-themed calling cards for awhile but never really took action on it. But with the help of Eric Granata, the man who does the design work for AoM, we’ve finally created a line of handsome, manly looking calling cards that you, dear reader, can customize with your own personal information.

Eric has whipped up 9 different manly calling card designs that you can select from depending on your taste. We’ll be releasing more designs further down the road. Once you pick which design you like, simply customize your personal information and hit order. It’s that easy. A pack of 100 cards will set you back $25. Not too shabby.

The cards come in varying sizes. We have some designs that use the standard business card size of 3.25″x2″. Other designs use the larger calling card size of 3.25″x2.5″.

Here are a few more examples of the AoM Calling Cards available for purchase:

John L. Sullivan Calling Card

This is one of my favorites.



Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card

This is a neat card. You can use the back to write a quick note to whomever you’re giving the card to. Appointment reminders, phone numbers, etc.



Art of Manliness Calling Card

Have you ever been telling your friend about the Art of Manliness website and wished you had something to give them so they could look it up later? With this card you can not only pass along your vitals, but you can help spread the word about the site.



To see the rest, visit our store.

Art of Manliness Calling Card Giveaway

To launch our line of new AoM Calling Cards, we’re giving away two sets to two lucky Art of Manliness readers. To enter, simply leave a comment sharing which AoM Calling Card you like best. That’s it.

Deadline to enter is Monday, Sept. 20 at 10PM CST. We’ll select a random comment and contact the winner so he can claim his prize. We’ll announce the winner on the AoM Trunk.

401 jeff stern September 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The top hat / boxer one is my favorite.

402 Harrison Allen September 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm

My favorite calling card is the John L. Sullivan Calling Card. All of them are beautiful though, and Manly.

403 Brandon September 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Definitely the framed one! Very classy.

404 Allen Kuceba September 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I like the AoM Framed calling card. Having the lines on the back makes people more comfortable with writing on the card (as if you were saying they should), because they can write a note about you on the card! Simples!

405 Ryan Laursen September 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

My favorite card is the framed calling card. I think the other ones would be excellent if I was associated with this website; however, I would rather have a picture that better reflected a specific aspect of my life.

406 Steve September 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I do concur that these are most sophisticated, and particularly like the one with the lined back. When i do give out cards, I like to make a note on them so the person knows what we were talking about or what brought us together.

Few things are more frustrating then someone contacting on Facebook or over the phone and you don’t remember where you met them.

407 JR Seaman September 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

The framed calling card has class.

408 Mike Solak September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

The framed calling card is the way to go

409 MG Lopez September 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

How timely! I just finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo and calling cards are mentioned a couple of times. I like the traditional size/shape more than the business card. While I agree that the card with the lines on the back is a nice touch my preference would be the AOM design (more room for personal info on the front) or the Fisticuffs design (blank back also suitable for jotting down info)

410 Brad September 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

These are great! I like the framed calling card the best.

411 Seth Anthony September 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Gotta go with the framed calling card on this one!

412 Daniel September 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Tough decision but I’d have to say the John Sullivan is my favorite. Classy but a little zest on the flip side.

413 Carlo d. September 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I really like Gentleman B. It conveys elegance and it does the owner justice. It takes a well-rounded man to give cards such as these.

414 Jeremy September 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I think the framed calling card is definitely my favorite.

415 John September 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Just found your website a couple days ago and love it! It’s just what the world needs and just when it needs it most. Personally I like the simple elagance of the framed card. Twenty plus years ago I had a friend that worked in a print shop. Back then I had both calling cards and a fedora. A year or so ago I picked up some business card blanks made from wood veneer material. My intention was having calling cards made. Trouble is I can’t find anybody willing to print on them.


416 will September 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

i like the 2nd one best

417 Michael Richardson September 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I like the calling cards with the blank lines for comments or notes the best because I find myself often wanting to add a personal touch to everyone that makes them feel singled out and unique.

418 Demi Raven September 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I personally advocate for the Victorian Gentleman card. Quite handsome indeed.

419 Jm DeLamar September 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I like the framed card as it recalls an earlier era, a more elegant time. The back of the card is very effective for leaving notes and other information.

420 Michael Rose September 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

The framed is my choice. Very classy.

421 Robert Vega September 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I really like the victorian gentleman card.

422 Dan September 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

John L Sullivan would be my personal favorite

423 Eric September 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I definitely like the framed card the best. The simplicity and versatility are great.

424 Matthew Stone September 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

The Art of Manliness Calling Card is the Chuck Norris of all calling cards! NICE 1!

425 Matthew Russell September 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

The Framed, by far, is my favorite, especially with the lines for a note or two on the back.

426 Tim Keller September 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

My favorite is definitely the framed card.

427 Lowlife September 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I enjoy the card with the frame looking all 1930′s!

428 Art September 18, 2010 at 12:16 am

I really like the framed calling card the best, because it doesn’t have the artwork of the men on it and because it has lines on the back for messages. While I love the look of the cards with the men on them, I think they come off as a little schmaltzy. I want something that looks dignified, and I think the framed calling card fits that bill the best.

429 George Kritikos September 18, 2010 at 1:11 am

The Victorian Gentleman Business Card is really nice, I like this one best.

430 TSherry September 18, 2010 at 4:03 am

My favorite would have to be the tan boxer one. Pure class.

431 JP Agrestic September 18, 2010 at 7:19 am

I like the artofmanliness framed calling card. Very classy.

432 Tom Kregenbild September 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

Once again another great idea.

Thank you for every little post on this website.

433 Barrett September 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

I personally like the Fisticuffs and Art of Manliness styles. Both show the besuited gentleman and the boxer, and both would nicely announce the arrival of my moustache.

434 Brian Nisonger September 18, 2010 at 9:17 am

The framed one is nice especially when giving it to a new social acquiantences since you can put in a little message to jog the memory. It was great meeting you at the blah blah, which then can remind them of who you when they look at it later.

435 mike September 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

I am def a fan of the framed one. Very classic and the small area for a note on the back makes scrawling on your card classy instead of cliche.

436 Jeff O September 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

The framed card is definitely my favorite; It’s simple, practical, and appropriate for any situation. Rock on.

437 Brennan September 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

I really do prefer the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Cards.

438 Michael A. Niemczak September 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

The John L. Sullivan card is fantastic. The others are also very good, but that one would be my choice.

439 George September 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I like the framed one the best. I like the lines on the back to add personalized notes.

440 Jeff September 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman the most. Very dignified!

441 Stephen Vasconi September 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman B.

It has enough space to put what I need on it, and it is nice and understated. Just a bit of unique, but not overbearing.

442 Patrick Hofmann September 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Would like to see more images but love the functionality of the framed design.

443 Aaron September 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Favorite has to be the framed, but the John L. Sullivan is a close second.

444 spud September 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

The Framed calling card.

445 Anthony September 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I do think that the framed one has that touch of distinction a proper gentlemen requires.

446 Jake Bathman September 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

The framed one is my favorite. It’s a great idea to have a space to write things on.

If I don’t win, I’ll definitely be buying a set.

447 Tim September 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I like the Art of Manliness Framed alling card…the lines on the back for an addition note are a grreat idea!

448 David John September 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

The John L. Sullivan Calling Card is definitely my favorite. I love the elegance of the font and the wear of the card.

449 Adam September 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I dig them all. I think my favorite would have the front of the Sullivan card and the back of the framed card.

450 Tyler September 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I personally like the Victorian Gentleman Business Card best.

451 Colin September 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Victorian Gentleman Business Card. I want to give these to my patients.

452 Jim September 19, 2010 at 12:23 am

I’m quite fond of the Victorian Gentleman card. These are a great idea!

453 Chuck Savoy September 19, 2010 at 1:20 am

My favorite is the Art of Manliness framed calling card.

454 Charlie September 19, 2010 at 9:15 am

I like the “The Victorian Gentleman B” social card. But I like all of the others. What about having a subset of each card as a combination pack?

455 Tim Callahan September 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

The framed card or as the jpeg calls it “callingcard4″ is functional, classically styled, and timeless in it’s character. It’s lack of any other detail highlights the information meant to be left behind and only magnifies the mystery of the man who graced you with it.

456 M September 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

The framed card is the one I like best.

457 Allen September 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I really like the Victorian Gentleman B card.

458 Adam Brooks September 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I’ve already sent an order for the John Sullivan card on linen. I think it has that antiquated aesthetic with a touch of modern design, which is the kind of style I’m trying to build for myself. Well done on the cards; I’m positive I’ll be back to order another one or two hundred!

459 Tyler B. September 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’d have to say my favorite is the tan John L. Sullivan calling card. Hopefully I’ll get some soon!

460 uncballzer September 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Definitely the framed card!!

461 Stefn777 September 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Mmmm, tough decision. The card on the top of the page is excellent, though I would not mind having a few of the framed calling cards, also. The victorian gentleman comes in a close third.

462 bradmutchler September 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I think the Victorian Gentleman is the pure definition of Manliness. Good manners, etiquette, well dressed etc…maybe adding the note lines on the back would be a good addition?

463 Budney Shott September 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I like the framed calling card the best. It looks less commercial.

464 Alex V. September 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I believe I would ooze manliness if I were to own a set of the framed calling cards. The lines on the back are great for giving someone an appointment reminder, address, piece of my mind, etc.

465 Rebecca September 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I love the look of all of these! It was really hard to pick, but the John L. Sullivan calling card appeals to me the most. It’s a neat design and the paper looks great. I’ve been looking for a new calling card and these might be my new ones.

466 Travis September 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman B!

467 Lonnie September 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm

My own tastes gravitate toward the Victorian Gentleman Business Card.

468 Jason September 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I like the gentleman and fighter aspect of the Fisticuffs Calling Card.

469 Rev. Succotash September 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

The framed card really makes me want to buy some. I love them. Good work guys.

470 Matt September 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

The framed one in a larger size is both elegant and fantastically functional.

471 Ed September 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Definitely the AoM Framed card.

472 Jesse September 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Another fan of how suitable the framed one is for either gender. I’ve been looking for something similar, with space on the back for a notation, and have not found one both attractive and affordable! Wonderful!

473 Peter September 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm

My favorite is the Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman Business Card.

474 Canaduke September 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I would say that I prefer the John L. Sullivan card, the one in the center of the page.

475 Israel Thompson September 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm

The victorian gentleman and framed cards are my two favorites.

476 Eric September 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I like the framed or the fisticuffs, probably both 200 cards aren’t too many, right? Large size in linen, very classy.

477 Brian September 20, 2010 at 7:20 am

They’re all great but I’d probably get the framed one or the faded John Sullivan one.

478 Chuck September 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman calling card the best.

479 Anthony September 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

THe Victorian Gentleman is best – a true classic!

480 Art O September 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

I like the Framed and the fisticuffs cards the best. Very nice design work overall!

481 KJ Vezino September 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

I like them all, it would be hard to choose If I won.

482 Steve Harthy September 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

I am a fan of the Victorian Gentleman business card. Simple and classy.

483 Brad Coleman September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

Very nice. Love the idea of having a place to write a note or appt on the back.

484 Clay September 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’m loving, loving, loving the fisticuffs calling card!

485 Gil September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I like the framed calling card. It has this vintage functionality aspect that is awsome.

486 Gil September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I like the framed calling card. It has this vintage functionality aspect that is awesome.

487 JoelmBenge September 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I am digging the John L. Sullivan Calling Card with the line drawing on the back.

Would love to see one with just the victorial gentleman on it as well.

488 Keith September 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I really would like to see the John L Sullivan card!!

489 Matthew September 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I like the victorian gentleman the best.

490 Christopher Carignan September 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The Victorian Gentleman B would have to be the one which suits my tastes the most. While I appreciate the duality of the Fisticuffs calling card, and while it helps counter the assumption that all forms of physical violence must by definition be malicious, I don’t think all recipients of the card would appreciate this same message.

491 Brooks Martyr September 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

The John L. Sullivan is definitely top of the list on manly calling cards for me.

492 Michael September 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman card the best, but the framed card comes in close second!

493 Rob September 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I’m a big fan of the framed calling card, I really like the idea of being able to leave a more personalized note on the back. The John L. Sullivan comes in a close second for me!

494 Darcy Tisue September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I like the framed one.

495 Richard McGourlay September 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I like the Victoria Gentleman card the best. I’d love to be handing those out with my details on them!

496 Michael Luevane September 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

For me, it’s the Victorian Gentleman. I’m not a fighter (unless pushed) and since 7 of the designs include fisticuffs… well, it’s a 50/50 choice for me.

497 ashley September 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

i’ll admit, the john l sullivan business card (in that antique looking parchment paper) looks the coolest, but for utility, the Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman Business Card just beats all. classy and functional!

498 Bill Wames September 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I think the Victorian Gentleman Business card is the best; simple, elegant, and blank on the back to write notes or numbers.

499 Matthew Miller September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I favor the Fistcuffs calling card.

500 Ron 'zippy' Roberts September 20, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I may be too late for the contest, but I really appreciate these efforts.
Thank you

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