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.

301 Tom September 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

As late as 1988, when I was a Marine Second Lieutenant at The Basic School in Quantico, along with thousands of dollars worth of service and dress uniforms they made us get calling cards and taught us when and where to use them in an etiquette class. Once in the Fleet Marine Force, as it was then called, I discovered nobody really used them. I had a box of them that stayed with me until I was promoted and that was the last of the calling cards. A quaint, and in some sense, probably still useful tradition. Maybe I should reconsider.

302 Matthew September 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

The Fisticuffs is great. Simple, but has a unique style that reflects the manliness of the site and whoever is giving the card.

303 Jeff Longren September 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I am torn, gentlemen, between the Fisticuffs calling card and the Framed card. So versatile, yet so elegant. And yet, the AoM card itself, drawing attention to a worhad come calling.thwhile pursuit with a nod to the reasons men carried such cards in the beginning; a low key, distinguished manner in which to alert an acquaintance or friend that a gentleman had come calling.

304 Daniel September 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I like the framed card best.

305 Jeff Longren September 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

That should read; worthwhile pursuit. This netbook is very small, and the keys enjoy obscuring my missives in code.

306 Scott September 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I particularly like the framed card. As a newly minted attorney, I don’t think the pugilist would get me very far with new clients (though “I fight for you!” might be the implied statement there). Having a few lines on the back specifically for writing a note or whatnot is an especially good idea.

Very nice all around! I may have to purchase a box or two once I get set up.

307 KRG September 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I too am in on the Framed Card, the lines for notes on the back is a nice touch.

308 Greg September 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I really like the John Sullivan. It’s classy, neat, and when someone turns it over, they know you mean business.

309 Hunter September 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I like the framed card myself. Understated but classy.

310 Kevin September 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Love the framed calling card!

311 Evan September 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Big fan of the John L Sullivan Calling Card. Might have to get some of these

312 Zack G. September 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

The framed cards as well as the John L. Sullivans are quite nice.

313 paulo September 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Brilliant, sir! Exceedingly Brilliant.

I liked the John Sullivan card, so much, and being a man of action as we all are, i just bought a couple hundred. Although, I added the boxing Sullivan (by saving and cropping his image and then uploading it) to the back of the card, and put “I’ve got your back” in italics under that picture.

@Tim Pagano — you slew an animal with a bowie knife? Isn’t it more sporting to do so with a quick snap of the neck with your bare hands?? :-{o

314 John September 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I’m torn between the framed calling card and the Sullivan calling card, certainly the framed card is more useful, I have to go with the Sullivan card for its irresistible coolness.

315 Exile67 September 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I love the framed one. Too classic.

316 stacey page September 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

First one!

317 Dan September 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Definitely the framed calling card — absolutely perfect!

318 Mike September 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I like the idea of the Framed Calling Card.
People can write notes on the back if need be.

319 Craig September 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

i had picked up a few from crane & co some time ago and they have always come in handy when needed. I love the look of the framed calling card. it’s a clasic that will never go out of style.

320 Cody Francis September 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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

321 K September 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card is my favorite.

322 craig September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman card. Is there some AoM brand on there somewhere? It wasn’t immediately obvious.

323 John Polk September 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I love the fisticuffs card, but I’ll be ordering a set of the framed cards regardless of whether or not I get things for free.

324 Stephen September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I think the framed one is a good idea. That extra space on the back can be really helpful.

Are there any plans for white cards?

325 J Myers September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Very cool! I hope this catches on.

326 Yegor September 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I like the simple, vanilla colored ones.

327 Tiburcio September 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Victorian Gentleman B


328 Kenneth Fly September 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

The Art of Manliness: Classy and Bold. Letting the world know what we are about.

329 Kenneth Fly September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

The Art of Manliness Calling Card: Classy and Bold; showing our manly cause.

330 Christopher Hall September 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Great idea!

My favorite would be the John L. Sullivan card. Simple, elegant and to the point. Crossing my fingers.

331 Nate September 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I am a fan of th Victorian Gentleman myself

332 Hef September 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I like the Framed One! Love the idea of having lines on the back for a note.

333 Darren September 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I fancy the Victorian Gentleman one the most. It’s handsome, not overly cluttered, and invokes welcome feelings of nostalgia.

334 Chris September 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Big fan of the “fisticuffs” calling card!

335 Ken Shinn September 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I like the ones with the boarders, and also the Victorian Business card.

336 Bru September 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I hope I win: “Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card.” Please post about the cards again after the contest deadline. This will help me remember to purchase them when someone more deserving wins.

337 Jason September 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I like the framed one, and the Victorian. How about Victorian Gentleman on the front and the frame on the back?? I think I would pick the calling card; it’s a little bigger which sets it apart from a plain old business card. If someone has a concern, then I have a reason to use one of my pocket knives to trim the card
Thanks for the chance.

338 Judson R September 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I like the one with the boxer on the back. Quite manly.

339 Ernesto Fernandez September 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

The second to last one is definitely best. I rather like the calling card dimensions.

340 Brian Cromeens September 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I have to say, as usual, this is a wonderful giveaway. Regardless of whether I ever win one it has given me a lot of material to fill my “Mental Purchases” file ( Currently, I am in law school, so my actual purchases pale in comparison to my mental purchases). That being said, I would love to have a set of the John L. Sullivan Calling card… It would leave an impression…

Looking forward to the next one…

341 Doug Mulley September 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I like the Framed Calling Card. Simple, functional – it just gets the job done.

342 Bryan Fordham September 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I actually just ordered the John Sullivan cards, but I wouldn’t mind winning another pack :)

343 Casey September 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

The framed looks great. I love the option to add a custom note.

344 Taylor Norwood September 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I like the Victorian Gentleman business card the best, very classy. The framed calling card is a close second.

345 Nick Swan September 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I would definitely go with the framed calling card. I am a pastor and regularly set up meetings on the fly. This would be a great means of giving out my contact information and then writing down directions or an appointment time on the back to give to the person I am working with. Thanks for the great post.

346 Nick H September 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

The Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card is my favorite because it is minimal and has plenty of room for a note to be added to the back.

347 maxh September 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

A fan of the framed card myself. Lines may prove very useful!

348 ramón September 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I like the framed and victorian gentlemen styles.

349 Chris Walls September 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I can’t decide between the framed, the weathered Sullivan calling, and the sepia Sullivan Business.

350 Peter September 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I’m partial to the framed design.

351 stephen b September 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

i really dig the card that has the lines on the back so that if you are so inclined, you can leave a little personalized note for the recipient

352 Kevtherev September 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Definitely the Victorian Gentleman!! Awesome work guys!

353 Ben Holeton September 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I like the Victorian gentleman business card

354 Mike September 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I love the John L Sullivan Business card

355 Charlie September 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I love the card where you can write a note on the back. I can see myself using that one often.

356 Ian Van Sice September 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I think the framed calling card is excellent. Looks great and has room for a note. Love it!

357 John D. Urhahn September 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm

John L. Sullivan Business Card

358 Alec Moore September 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm

The Fisticuffs card is possibly one of the most handsome calling cards i have ever seen. I work for a non profit organization and the cards passed among employees are bland white bits. These are quite refreshing.

359 E.P. Riekeberg September 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I could use the framed calling cards daily! In my 13-14 hour days I need to jot down so many names networking. This would be a creative way for me to meet and remember many more people.

360 Ryan September 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

The framed one is handy with the space on the back for a note. That’s my vote.

361 Joshua September 17, 2010 at 12:27 am

The Victorian Gentleman is without peer. The card is simple, yet manfully so – and the gentleman adds individuality.

362 Adam Dummar September 17, 2010 at 1:01 am

Undoubtedly Fisticuffs.

363 Colin September 17, 2010 at 1:22 am

the Framed Calling Card is the best one, methinks!!

364 Michael September 17, 2010 at 1:25 am

I much prefer the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card.

365 Clay September 17, 2010 at 1:34 am

I’ve gotta give it to the fisticuffs calling card. Best of both worlds! It screams Art of Manliness without even having to state the website on the card.

366 Ronald Squire September 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

Victorian Gentleman B card!

367 Neal Bixler September 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

My choice would be the AOM calling card, I have told all my friends about this site, but if their memories are as poor as mine it would be nice to just hand them the card. It also has room for a brief message. All told I like all of the cards, and we would all be better off if all men thought of themselves as “Distinguished Gentlemen”

368 Ron Moore September 17, 2010 at 4:26 am

I too prefer the John L. Sullivan card’s look. The calling card: truly great!

369 Tony Wilson September 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

I like the “framed calling card”. I’m always jotting notes on scraps of paper to give to people: directions, email addresses, times/dates for meetings, etc. This would be a elegant – and manly – solution.

370 Aonghus Ó Lochlainn September 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

This is brilliant! I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own calling cards but these far exceed my meagre design skills. My favourite is definitely the Victorian Gentleman Business card though. I just hope my long-ass name can fit on it!

371 Aonghus Ó Lochlainn September 17, 2010 at 5:19 am

My favourite is the Victorian Gentleman Business Card. Snazzy!

372 Viksu September 17, 2010 at 5:58 am

The Victorian Gentleman Business Card is clearly the best one. It has class, unlike all the others with that boxer gentleman in them.

373 The Gar9y September 17, 2010 at 6:25 am

I like the framed card…it’s simple, yet fancy…and the lines on the back help make it more versatile to leave additional information when needed; and it’s that kind of preparedness that marks a true gentleman.

374 Mox Serjon September 17, 2010 at 6:49 am

I’d go for the framed card myself, Simple yet effective.

375 Chris Adamiak September 17, 2010 at 6:54 am

I like the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card. Its simple and quite nice looking. Good job!

376 Bryan September 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

The Victorian Gentleman looks awesome. I love it. Definitely my favorite. Great job!

377 Faun Ward II September 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

My favorite has to be the John L. Sullivan calling card, diggin’ the fisticuffs.

378 Cameron September 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman B card set.

379 Mitchell September 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

I’m a sucker for the business cards myself.

380 Chris September 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

I definitely like the framed card the best.

381 Brandon September 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

The framed is my favorite – the most versatile.

Victorian Gentleman or Fisticuffs would be perfect for a men’s style consultant.

382 Nathan T. September 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman! Very classic style!

383 Alex September 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

I really like the Art of Manliness Framed Calling Card with the ability to write appointments, notes, etc. Very stylish. Love the aged boarder

384 kyle clarkson September 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

the john sullivan business card is awesome!

385 JP September 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

I like the framed card. Classy, simple, manly.

386 DonF September 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

John L Sullivan by a lot

387 William Barry September 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

Dear Sir, I most prefer the framed calling card. It’s usefulness in my daily routine would be most evident.

388 Jeff September 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

The framed, definitely. Convenient, efficient, but understated….

389 Jon Winslow September 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

I like the Sullivan Calling card because I like how they offset it, as well as the clean front. The guy on the front may look nice, but it’s also a little distracting.

390 Foster September 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

My favorite design is the framed calling card. As I approach my 26th birthday I could really use these cards to network with business associates or on a personal level as I am making new friends or as I invite them to our Bible study. Bully to you for creating a manly yet refined modern calling card.

391 MRM September 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

I like the Victorian Gentleman the best.

392 Erik September 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

I like the simplicity of the framed calling card the best.

393 Michael September 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

Definitely the framed calling card for its usefulness, a line backing for notes and information. If I could modify it, though, I’d get rid of the frame itself.

394 Chris September 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I really like the Fisticuffs calling card and Sullivan business card. What do you guys think on the use of business cards, professionals only? Or do you think they could also be useful to college students?

395 Jim September 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I like the naturally distressed/aged look of the John L. Sullivan card, however I will probably choose the Framed Calling Card for me personally.

396 Bob G. September 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I like the framed calling card the best…

397 Todd C. September 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The John L. Sullivan is awesome.

398 Stu September 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

The John L. Sullivan card is great. A nice clean look and straitforward and to the point.

399 jcm September 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I like the framed card the best. I feel like it is just subtle enough but totally classic and BA!

400 Damien September 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I like the John L. Sullivan Business Card

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