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.

201 Eric Squires September 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

The framed calling card is great. All the pertinent information on one side and then space for a little extra if the need arises.

202 Jason McBrayer September 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

I like the framed calling card the best. The Victorian Gentleman business card is great, too, but I think calling cards are more au courant than business cards, which always seem terribly twencen to me.

203 Ryan September 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

The Victorian gentlemen card is classy and would be a great conversation piece.

204 Jason McBrayer September 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

I like the framed calling card the best. The Victorian gentleman business card is very nice, too, but I think calling cards are more au courant than business cards. Business cards always seem very twencen to me.

205 jeremy September 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

I find the ” John L. Sullivan Calling Card” to be the better of the two. The frames, while a nice style, clutter up the simplicity the card, and site, are attempting to produce. This coupled with the excellently rendered image invokes an iconic response that says “I am simply a man through and through. I present myself simply and perfunctory.”

206 Ben W September 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

I much prefer the framed calling card. It appears quite useful.

207 Brucifer September 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

The FIRST one, if you please, Sir.

Although, I rather like the second as far as design, finding the first one a bit too “busy”. Yet, I’m compelled to say that, in our boorish modern society, the figure of the lone gentleman, distinguished as he might be would come-off as rather an effete dandy to some.

I’m continually vexed at how, particularly today’s younger women, habitually interpret a male with manners and who dresses well …. with being Gay. Not to slight Gay chaps at all, but for Hets, this perception is a problem. Messes-up the mating ritual, wot. One cannot really fault the young women much, however. Their uncouth and unkempt contemporaries leave little for comparison.

Therefore, the card with both the Gentleman and the Fisticuffs fellow, showing *both* aspects of proper manliness, thus leaving little room for misinterpretation, would have my vote.

Hee-hee, my own calling card of some years, features a grinning skeleton doffing a top hat, with the slogan, “The Gentleman From The Darkside Of The Street.” But hey, I hang-out a lot with the Goth crowd, so it works quite nicely

208 Jef September 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

My personal favorite is the first John L. Sullivan card. However the framed card could double as an appointment card for “preferred” clients.

209 Mike K September 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

Like the framed one with the blank lines on the back the best, allows you to choose each time what information to give out.

210 Matt C. September 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

Fisticuffs. The framed is a close second. I like designs that are understated and classy, slightly whimsical, yet utilitarian.

211 Ted September 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

I like the framed calling card best, closely followed by the Victorian Gentleman business card.

212 Edmund X White September 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

I prefer the framed card, very classy

213 Rya G September 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

I am a fan of the Victorian Gentlemen; He’s quite distinguished, that man!

214 Jordan September 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

I really like the framed design, however I would choose my email address instead of a telephone number. I love the idea of writing a personalized message or alternate contact information on the back.

Reminds me of when I would have a lady write down her phone number for me. I would always ask her to draw a fun little picture of herself beside the number just as a reminder for me of what she looks like.

215 Andrew Carlson September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

I’d say the first one by far. I think it conveys the right message, “I’m a gentleman and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.”

216 Greg September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

I think the ‘framed’ card looks the best! I hope I win.

217 Aaron September 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

I love the second calling card, with the full portrait.

218 Stephen S September 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

Framed calling card

219 Alex September 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

I would say the framed card, it is simple and gets the point across.

220 Alex Hulse September 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

The framed card seems the best. Simple, practical, and highly useful.

221 Stephen Clay McGehee September 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

The “Victorian Gentleman B” is clearly my favorite. I use my business cards a lot, but having a truly personal card sure would be nice.

222 Zach September 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

I’m a fan of the framed card. Great for leaving a note or quick bit of info on the back…

223 Adam S September 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

Tough call, but I think my favorite is the Fisticuffs Calling Card. Hope to be handing them out soon

224 Tarcas September 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

I like the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card. Nice and simple, just like my current calling card from This one is more old-fashioned though; I like it.

225 Andrew Hein September 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

The John L. Sullivan is beautifully handsome.


226 Conrad September 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

The Victorian Gentleman card is definitely my favorite.

227 Aaron M. September 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

The John L. Sullivan is my favorite. Simple on the front, but the image on the back adds a little something.

228 Zach Mohn September 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

The John L. Sullivan card is my favorite–you hand it to someone, surprising them with your classiness, and when they turn it over…BAM! It’s like hitting them in the face with a brick of manliness.

229 Joe Oswald September 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

I prefer the Victorian gentlemen card. I was close to choosing the framed, but feel the lines on the back are too restrictive for what I might write. Thank you for the contest!

230 Josh September 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

The framed one is hands-down the best. Kudos.

231 Thornproof September 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Gotta go with the Fisticuffs Calling Card all the way!

232 Thad September 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The Victorian Gentleman calling cards are the most appropriate for me.


233 JosephGentleman September 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

John L Sullivan calling card wins my vote. Thanks for taking the time to make these. Once I get a free $25 I’ll be sure to buy a set.

234 Kit September 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Framed Calling Card…like the lines on the back!

235 Caleb September 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I really like the front design of the John L. Sullivan calling card but the idea of the note area on the back of the framed calling card.

236 CB September 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I like the darker John L Sullivan Business Card. I think I prefer the business card size to the calling card size.
Very cool idea!

237 Ryan Waldron September 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

The framed card is my favorite, but I wouldn’t order it. I would though If I could fit more info on it than a title and a phone number, and if it didn’t have the background that looked like crinkled paper.

238 Joshua Rothhaas September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I love the coalling card with lines on the back to leave a note. Great idea.

239 Brian B. September 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I’d have to say, the Victorian Gentleman Business Card the best. It has all of the relevant contact information displayed nicely. The graphic isn’t overbearing and provides a nice balance, with ample white space around everything for breathing room and cleanliness. It’s a classy enough that I’d never feel embarrassed to pass it to a businessman, but playful enough that I’d be comfortable giving one to a new acquaintance or lady.

240 Nick September 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I’d have to go with the framed card – I like that the person who receives it can make notes on the back later to remind themselves who you are and why they know you (ex – “Jane’s husband” or “Tom’s older brother”, etc)

241 Andru September 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

My favourite is definitely the very first image out of the article. It’s pseudo-symmetry is visually appealing and the various fonts draw the eye. Very classy.

242 Deron B September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I like the simplicity of the Framed Calling Card.

243 Christian September 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I recently discovered this website and I think it is brilliant! I consider myself a gentleman as well as a modern Bushido.I believe every man worth his mustard should read, reflect, and apply the knowledge on this website into their everyday lives. Kudos!

On to the calling cards… as much as I enjoy the calling cards with the graphics (i.e the Sullivan and Victorian gentleman) I would find using one of those cards as my own personal calling card coming off as gimmicky or contrived. In my humble opinion, nothing beats the simple elegance of the Art of Manliness framed card.

244 Jim N. September 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I really like the Framed Calling Card. Simple and elegant. The note space on the back is an excellent idea.

245 Dave September 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I like the “Gentleman B” design the best.

246 J.Cornwell September 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I must say that the Framed Calling Cards is the most classic. Simple. Timeless.

247 harry moreno September 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

the second card is simple. I like it.

248 Drew Nishiyama September 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman. It is elegant, sophisticated, charming, and with a subtle boldness that is memorable, not haughty, brash, or arrogant.

249 Sean Collier September 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Definitely Victorian Gentleman. And I would certainly leave my title as “Distinguished Gentleman.”

250 David Gillis September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have to say that I love the front of the John L. Sullivan with the script writing and the information on the right, but I think the blank lines in the framed card is really a great idea as well. The frame gives the lines a “this is important information” feel.

251 Jason September 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I love the John L. Sullivan. Simple but powerful.

252 Stacy September 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm

The Victorian Gentlemen is my favorite, but they’re all great.

253 Brad Marois September 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I can’t decide between the Victorian Gentleman card or the Fiticuffs card. They are both so fabulous! I love the old-timey appearance of it all!

254 Anthony N. Emmel September 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I like the “Art of Manliness Calling Card.”

The front has your info, the back with the gentleman and the pugilist advertises the site. Unlike others, I don’t see it as open belligerence, but as the logo of AoM.

Oh, i do prefer the title “Catholic Gentleman” to “Dist. Gentleman” but then I’m a 4th Deg. Knight of Columbus. :)

255 Kevin September 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

John L. Sullivan says all you need to know. Love it.

256 Elton O. Brooke September 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I like the Framed Calling Card. It has a very classic look to it and looks like something a man would pass on to another person. The note space on the back provides flexibility for multiple purposes.

257 Randy W September 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I must say that the Framed card is my favorite. I’ve been considering a calling card purchase, and those might just be it.

258 Milen September 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm

My favorite was the “Victorian Gentleman Business Card”. I liked it simplicity and the empty back side, which leaves room for notes without having lines printed on it.

259 Jimmy L September 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I like simple framed card! The back is a great way to write notes, too.

260 Dan Sanchez September 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I like the framed card the best

261 Charles September 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

the victorian is the classiest, but i like the fisticuffs one too

262 Patrick September 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The framed calling card. Classy, simply classy.

263 Jérôme Andre September 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

The victorian gentleman business card …

264 Ben September 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I read the original post and absolutely agree giving out your business card at social functions is tacky. Some people may want to give their contact information without letting others know what they do for a living.

265 Tripp September 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I like the antique look of the framed card. Classic and simple, very manly!

266 James H. Halcomb September 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

The framed card is great. Classic…

267 Caleb Land September 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I like the framed calling cards. Great for leaving a note or adding a cell # if you want to.

268 Ryan September 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

John L. – I bought my truck from him, his card seems to speak to me too.

269 Derrick Dawson September 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

The Victorian Gentleman cards are my favourite.Job well done chaps.

270 Martins September 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I like “Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman B” – mostly because of nice clean space on the other side.

271 J T Paugh September 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

My favorite is the framed as well; if fact I just ordered a set. But would otherwise love to be picked to get a set of one of the other designs!

272 John R September 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman cards the best!

273 Kevin C September 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I personally prefer the framed calling card. That card fits for any occasion.

274 Jon Bohlinger September 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The Framed one for sure.

275 Mr. Sean Davis September 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman B all the way!

276 J. Campos September 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I like the fisticuffs calling card. It shows the sophistication of the Victorian gentleman along with the physical prowess of the fisticuffs.

277 N Roberts September 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The Art of Manliness Victorian Gentleman Business Card, of course.

278 Topher September 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I’m torn between Victorian Gentleman B and Art of Manliness. I’m going to go with Victorian Gentleman B.

Nice work!

279 Wesley September 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman B. I think it would be even more perfect with the name in script and the title as “Gentleman and Scholar”. From the AOM tshirt of course.

280 Marcus September 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I like the victorian gentleman. Very noble card!

The calling card article was one of the first articles I read on AoM (only a month ago). Since then I’m addicted to the site.

281 Sean September 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I like the framed card the best.

282 Andrew Adelizzi September 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I prefer Victorian Gentleman B.

283 Tony September 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

The Framed Card is definitely my favorite, perfect for a quick scrawl of whatever it is you must hand out, and much neater than a tear our of my notebook.

284 Richard P Strickland September 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I like the framed card. It leaves room for personal notes.


285 Joel September 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

The simplicity and elegance of the Framed calling card is my favorite. It looks great, and the space on the reverse allows for the classy gentleman to leave a brief note, just up my alley.

286 cody v September 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm

framed calling card

287 G-Man September 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

My favourite is the framed calling card. Simple, straightforward design. Practical yet distinguished.

288 James September 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

The AOM is my fave

289 T.J. Harris September 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Each has its own charm, but I think the Framed card is the most elegant and useful design, at least for my needs.

290 Mike M. September 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I’ve got to say the John L. Sullivan Calling Card featured on this page. It sends a bold message of manliness and is a little more stylized than any of the other ones.

291 landis September 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

i love the bordered one. ive been looking for a classy way to give my number/contact info to lady friends

292 Michael September 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm

The John L. Sullivan calling cards are my favorite on this page.

293 Joseph Szczesniak September 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card is my favorite! I love having a spot to jot a note to the recipient.

294 paul September 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I like the John Sullivan Card – especially the boxer on the back.
But, I’d add the top-hat version to the lower left front — as he is on the AoM CC version.

@Tim Pagano: you used a knife? It’s more sporting to break the animal’s neck swiftly with your bare hands. ;-{o

295 Chris September 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I like the framed one the best. (I know, original right?)

296 steve September 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm

the framed and sullivan ones are pretty legit

297 Daniel Foerster September 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman style as a general card.

298 Edmond Dantes September 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Defintely love the Victorian Gentlemen… very lordish.

299 Ben September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I prefer the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card.

300 Jeff September 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I like the white Sullivan business card the best. It has an understated toughness to it.

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