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.

Front

Back

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.

Front

Back

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.

Front

Back

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.

101 bgs September 16, 2010 at 5:41 am

Your choice is the best. I like it too but my name is too long. So it must be tailor-made for me when I win :-)

102 SexyNinjaMonkey September 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

I want the framed calling card. So old school pimp.

103 Robert September 16, 2010 at 6:05 am

I like the framed one the best. Seems like the one I would use the most, since it has the note area on the back.

104 Lulu September 16, 2010 at 6:17 am

the framed calling card is my favourite – with just enough space on the back for a love note to your new (potential) beau!!

105 Tim Etherington September 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

I like the John Sullivan card. The framed one looked good but I didn’t like the back.

106 Ben September 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

I’m a big fan of the framed card! Simple front and room for notes on back, perfect.

107 Alex September 16, 2010 at 6:38 am

I’m going to have to go with the framed calling card. I like the ability to leave a customized note on the back.

108 Rob Sharpe September 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

I like the framed card for the same reason many others have shared. The chance to leave a personalized note is attractive.

109 TR September 16, 2010 at 6:57 am

I like the Framed cards. Handy space for an extra note.

110 Andrew M. September 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

I like the Framed Cards too. However my second favorite would be the Victorian Man cards.

111 Adventure-Some Matthew September 16, 2010 at 7:24 am

The one that first jumps out at me is the framed calling card.

112 Aaron September 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

I love the Victorian Gentleman, but I think I’m gonna have to agree with the majority and put my vote in for the John L. Sullivan. Very classy stuff.

113 Zack September 16, 2010 at 7:29 am

The john sullivan. Simply classic.

114 Jay Termini September 16, 2010 at 7:39 am

I like the framed card best, it has a simple, classy look!

115 Mark H September 16, 2010 at 7:48 am

I like the John L. Sullivan card, because I’m a tough guy.

116 Nathan September 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

The framed calling card looks awesome, it’s simple and bold at the same time

117 Darrell Mozingo September 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

Diggin’ the AoM framed card myself.

118 -F. September 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

My favorite is definitely the framed calling card.

119 W.D. Hutchins September 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

John L. Sullivan…it just looks tough.

120 Jeremy Bise September 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

I’m going with the “Framed” or “Victorian Gentleman.” I especially like the lines on the rear of Framed.

121 Brian Cooper September 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

I like the framed card. It’s formal, traditional, elegant, and manly all in one design.

122 Seth Bourassa September 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

Definitely enjoy the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card because of the lines to write information in, which is always necessary when calling upon a lady.

123 Heath Holden September 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

I like the framed calling card.

124 Michael T September 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

I’m fond of the framed one or the one with the gentleman dressed for success. :)

Are the watermarks in the finished product or just the examples displayed here?

125 Andrew Vice September 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

I’m turning 14 in a couple of months and am a bit unconventional. I’m thinking I’m going to need calling cards.

126 JWarclimb September 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

I like the framed one. That lines in the back needs the soft touch of my stylographic pen

127 Michael September 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

The card that I liked best was the Framed Calling Card. I appreciate the chance to win this manly accessory.

128 Jim Hank September 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’ve had contact cards since high school, and can testify that having an alternative to a ‘business’ card works out so very well in many social situations. I especially like the framed card because you never can tell when you’ll need to add some small bon mot to neatly tie the introduction together. Well done, gentlemen.

129 Mitch September 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

Gentle B would be my choice.

130 Mark September 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

The framed one is great!

131 Bryan September 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

Nice idea – these would be nice to have instead of handing out a business card in the less ofrmal situations.

132 John Bax September 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Framed Calling Card.
I like the idea of having a space for a message,
Very noir!

133 J. Breneman, esq. September 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

For my wallet: the John L. Sullivan to serve upon a fellow gentleman, following a crisp handshake. For my breast pocket: the Victorian Gentleman, for a called-upon lady to hold dear.

134 rugbybro September 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

I like the framed calling card the best. Classy and simple.

135 Arlen Jay September 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

My favorite is the Framed Calling Card. I like having a place on the back to write down additional information.

136 Ryan September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

I like them- I really appreciate the textured and weathered look- did you design these texturres or pull them from another source?

137 Joshua E. September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

The John Sullivan card would suit me well. Great idea, simple designs, straight to the point.

138 Stewart September 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

By Jove! The Victorian Gentleman template is the bee’s knees…

139 Steve September 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

I have to go with The Framed Calling Card. Subtle and polite.

140 Bob September 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

In keeping with the “keep it simple” theme, my preference is for the framed card. It also affords one the ability to leave something witty for the recipient!

141 Justin McAdara September 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman the best. It is simple and definitely classy. All oxygen are very nice, though.

142 Jacob September 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman B. I think it will have a good impact on those I hand it to.

143 Trevor September 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

For sure the framed card. So handy to write even a note for the person you are leaving it with.

144 Kretsch September 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

The antiqued John L. Sullivan with the boxer on the back is my favorite.
Good job, AoM.

145 Geoff September 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

A great idea! I’m definitely going to think about making some of these. This also allows one to have a nice manly case for the cards.

146 Speedmaster September 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

I think I like the John L. Sullivan Calling Card the best.

147 Nate @ Practical Manliness September 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

I like the Victorian gentleman card best!

148 Jason September 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

Framed! Followed by the Victorian Gentleman. Very nice!

149 Mark Zender September 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

My favorite is the framed card. I like the lines on the back where you can add additional contact info, if you choose too. Alternatively, it allows the recipient to jot a note down about you to remember the context in which you met. –Mark

150 Sir William September 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

I like the border card the best – It’s a bit more timeless than the others.

151 CoffeeZombie September 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

I’m going to have to go with the framed card as well. It’s simple, elegant, and unassuming. Also, I like the idea of writing notes on the back. However, my only complaint is that there’s only room for a name, title, and phone number on the front. I’d like to at least include a number and an email address.

152 Conor Reid September 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Victorian gentleman B does it for me.
simple and effective.
plus the gentleman is quite dapper

153 Kenneth Brady September 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

John L. Sullivan Calling Card. Minimalistic, love it.

154 Erik September 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

The framed calling card is definitely my favorite.

155 Athanasius September 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

I like the very first one: John L. Sullivan Calling Card. Simple enough.

156 Alex September 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

I like the framed one most, interesting enough to be a conversation piece, formal enough to use professionally.

157 Bryan September 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

I like a few of them, but if I was forced to pick one, it would have to be the framed calling card.

158 Mark Barsocchini September 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

I like the framed one, reminds me of the one in Oceans 11, but it was envossed. That would be cool. Add a line for email and I’d be in.

159 LLC September 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

The framed one is my favorite; well done.

160 Burton Warpup September 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Fisticuffs card all the way!

161 Hutch September 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

The framed cards are a great idea. Love em!

162 Bert Nielson September 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

My favorite is the lighter John L. Sullivan oversized card. The fact that it’s oversize means it stands out when placed in a wallet or other carrier. Fortunately, my wallet is designed to accommodate such cards.

163 Justin Cole September 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

I liked the framed on the best. leaves an oppertunity for further tailoring of details to be written in by the gentleman leaving the card.

164 Pete September 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

Definitely the Victorian Gentleman. It’s classy, understated, and still gives off the aura of manliness.

165 Edward V. September 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

The Framed one seems to serve a better purpose, considering the lines on the back (my handwriting is not the best in the world…). That one is my favorite, but the AoM card is a close second.

166 Bill September 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

The fisticuffs calling card is by far the best. A well-dressed gentleman on the left, a pugilist on the right, and room for your name, title, and 2 frorms of contact information.

167 Shaun September 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

The framed card. The design of the frame itself is superb, and the implication of potential writing in the blank lines is provoking. Well done.

168 Chris September 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

I like the framed one the best. Seems to be the most practical with the space on the back for notes.

169 Eric Williams September 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

Of the current designs, I like the Art of Manliness card. I’d like the John L. Sullivan card better, though, if it didn’t have a pugilist on the back. Sorry guys, but I don’t find boxing manly; I find it barbaric and stupid.

170 Cameron September 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

The John L. Sullivan card, by far. Sherlock Holmes would’ve used it.

171 Jason September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

This is PERFECT! I have been considering purchasing calling cards (was looking at business cards from vistaprint) for the past couple of weeks but I couldn’t find any that were simple yet decorative or witty without being low-brow. These are amazing AND for a wicked low price! However, I am torn between the “Framed Calling Card” and the “Victorian Gentleman”. If I had to choose one I would go with the “Victorian Gentleman”!

172 Austen E September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

Though I love the elegant simplicity of the ‘Framed Calling Card,’ I think the ‘Fisticuffs Calling Card’ would be a fantastic way to leave a lasting impression, so it gets my vote.

173 Justin September 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

I liked the framed one the best.

174 Gregg W September 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

real nice stuff. Love the sight, great job

175 Joe September 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

I like the framed called card the best – simple and functional, yet classy and manly at the same time.

176 Phil September 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman business card, and the John L. Sullivan calling card (the one where his image is on the left side of the back of the card). These are delightful. Well done.

177 James H. September 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

I like the framed version best. It seems to be most usable in all situations. My next choice would be the John L. Sullivan card… just cause it’s awesome.

178 EdG September 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

The framed calling card looks great..

179 Mike September 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

My Favorite is the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card. Its simple but classy. All are very good choices though.

180 Matt D September 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

I think they’re all pretty darn cool, but the “framed” design is the most gentlemanly. Elegant, practical and appropriate everywhere from the campfire to a dinner party.

181 Dakota September 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

Gotta say the John L. Sullivan one in the upper right corner is the favorite. Very cool.

182 Ken September 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

The framed version would be my choice. Understated in its design, it leaves one with a sense of mystery as well as having a vintage appearance. Well done AofM.

183 John September 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

The John L cards are the way to go – the one where the image is off to the side give you room to jot notes if needed, & the front is nice, simple, clean…straightforward like a man ought to be…

184 Brian Dusablon September 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

Definitely the framed – simple. Wish I could some of the others ones without the “man” drawings. I like the simple text and texture.

185 Dave September 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman Business Card the best.

186 BenL September 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

I like the “Framed” card…nice feature for the lines on the back.

187 Adam R. September 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

I find that the Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman B Card is a classic, elegant, and yet simplistic calling card that can be used for almost anything. This line of “distinguished gentleman” calling cards is very innovative. I believe that the younger generations such as mine do not fully grasp the concept of what a gentleman truly is, and much less how one should conduct himself. I have been looking at business cards and calling cards lately, and I believe that the Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman B Card would be the answer to my gentlemanly prayers. It is subtle, refined, and at the same time the depiction on the front makes a makes a bold statement. It would, without question, be my “weapon of choice” out of my business/professional “arsenal.”

188 Ward September 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

I really dig the whiter John L Sullivan card, displayed bottom right on your store page. I love the offset text & the boxer image. Makes for a nice “announcement of self”.

189 Nick September 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

The John L. Sullivan looks fantastic!

190 David Casper September 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

The framed is great…especially since it allows you to leave a brief note.

191 ThomsonsPier September 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

I favour the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card for simplicity and utility.

192 Tim Buck September 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

I am always talking about the Art Of Manliness website with other men when I get the chance, so the Art Of Manliness business card would be perfect to hand out in order to share my pertinent information.

193 Michael M September 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

I love the ” John L. Sullivan Calling Card”.

Good stuff!

194 Arnold Kelly September 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

Definitely like the “John L. Sullivan” design. :)

195 Mark N. September 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

I think the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card is best.

196 Chris September 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

I enjoy the simplicity and elegance of the Framed calling card.

197 Adam September 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

I like the framed one myself. $25 for 100 cards seems like a great price too.

198 Leonard Mack September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman card the most!

199 Adam R September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

I think my favorite is the John L. Sullivan Calling Card . I love the old school boxing look that would really set this card apart from the others. I have been looking into getting calling cards for about a year now, and I couldn’t find any for under $100 that I liked, so I am finally sold! Great work Gents.

200 Chad September 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

This is a great idea! I like the victorian gentleman card. For the designer – how about a card like the John Sullivan cards (two, bottom right on the store page) with the gentleman? I hesitate a card that looks like I may be threatening someone in my business culture. :-J

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