Yes the original was with white counters but AP had too many problems with laser counters and the color white, so they printed the next batch in blue. Now with the normal die-cut counters back in use at AP, white won't be a problem anymore, so back to the original white counters.
The originals are blue with gold print. I have seen other games that have counters that are white with blue print/star. Maybe APL meant conventional, rather than legendary. Sounds more dramatic, like adding rivalry or grudge match to a football game.
... actually you Americans are probably the most dangerous people in the world. This is because you treat war as a job, and your culture has an excellent work ethic.
-- paraphrased from John Keegan's Fields of Battle
I got an original with white/blue printed counters and was fortunate to have good laser cut counters.
" ... with them on the Little Bighorn map ..."
Wow, Twilight Zone flashback (that was a Stuart, though).