I completely get people not liking non-licensed Panini products. Back in my earlier days of collecting airbrushed hats and uniforms on oddball sets were troubling to me. If I had to pick between licensed and unlicensed cards, the choice would be simple. However I have taken a liking to many of the products Panini has produced over the past few years. The 2012-13 Cooperstown sets were amazing - full of Hall of Famers, some great autos and really nicely designed insert sets. Prizm is a pretty solid product, I really like the colored parallels. The nostalgia of the Donruss product has reeled me in and I have completed the sets the last 2 years.
There is a set that I have found some new appreciation in, Prime Cuts. I have never purchased a pack of these but I have watched a few breaks on Youtube. I recently did an eBay search for 2012 Prime Cuts and scrolled through the cards. I put in some low bids for some cards and ended up losing out on many of them but I was able to bring this group home.
Could it be better, sure but with these good looking cards it is good enough for my collection.