Who says older guys can't collect cards? I'm 50 and still loving the hobby.
I liked them too. Couldn't tell you why either.
Pacific made some great sets with nice designs and tons of value for your money. But, like many others of the time, they over-saturated the market with product and watered down the values. First half of the 00's had some great sets with Omega, Paramount, Prizm, Aurora, Exclusive, Titanium, and Supreme (albeit short lived).