I usually make checkbooks with basic designs or embossing. The leather used for this item is usually 3-4 ounce veg-tanned leather and is hand-stitched for extra durability.. This hand tooled checkbook cover is a medium brown with a high gloss finish that usually sells for around $60. I can make you a checkbook in any color you wish with a high gloss or satin finish. Plain leather check books sell for $45. Simple design check books go for around $50 to $55, where as tooled checkbooks sell anywhere from $60 to $90.